Anwar seeks review of his conviction

Anwar seeks review of his conviction
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wants another panel of Federal Court judges to review his conviction and five-year jail term for sodomy.

The 67-year-old, who is serving his jail term in Sungai Buloh Prison, said he believed that the judgment of the earlier Federal Court ought to be reviewed and his sentence and conviction set aside.

Alternatively, Anwar wants his criminal appeal to be re-heard on its merits by a new panel of judges.

He wants the new panel to invoke Rule 137 of the Federal Court Rules 1995 and use its inherent jurisdiction to set aside the previous order.

Anwar said the timing and swiftness of the release of the statement by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), which sought to justify his conviction, as well as the conduct of the lead prosecutor had rendered the judgment "objectively unsafe".

In his nine-page affidavit, Anwar said "the extraordinary swiftness and timing" of the statement and its contents gave the public the impression that PMO knew of the result of the case even before its pronouncement.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Anwar's counsel N. Surendran said the apex court could review its own decision if there was injustice.

He said that they hoped the court would get an early date for the hearing.

On Feb 10, the Federal Court upheld Anwar's conviction and his five-year jail term imposed by the Court of Appeal for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful in Bukit Damansara in June 2008.

The Federal Court also dismissed a cross-appeal by the prosecution for a heavier sentence.

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